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September 2016

19Sep 2016

Freshers urged to get meningitis and septicaemia jab

New figures show less than a fifth of young people have received the MenW vaccine so far this year.

School leavers, particularly those going to university or college this month, are being strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against meningococcal disease after figures released today (Monday 19 September) showed less than a fifth of young people have received the vaccine so far this year.

Last month, Public Health England (PHE) advised all school leavers, but especially ‘freshers’, to get the jab from their GP to protect against this potentially deadly disease. By the end of August, only 17% of all 18 year olds leaving school (not just those going on to university) had been vaccinated, according to data from GP surgeries.

10Sep 2016

World First Aid Day – Saturday 10 September 2016

World First Aid Day is a global observance held on the second Saturday in September. It was instituted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2000 and has been celebrated each year ever since.

The term “first aid” refers to the assistance given to anyone suffering a sudden injury or illness. Its main goals are to preserve life and prevent the condition from worsening. It is not always performed by medical personnel. In emergency situations, ordinary people often have to perform first aid to save someone’s life.

First aid does not necessarily require any prior knowledge and can involve improvisation. However, if the person performing first aid doesn’t know what they are doing, they might hurt instead of helping. That is why the IFRC encourages people to undergo basic first aid training or at least educate themselves using any available reliable sources.

World First Aid Day aims at raising awareness of how first aid can prevent injuries and save lives in everyday and crisis situations, as well as at promoting the accessibility of the first aid. Events and activities held on this day focus on first aid training. Every year, a new global theme for the day is chosen, and participants are encouraged to plan events according to the current year’s theme.

MedAid Services, through our charity company the MedAid Services Community Initiative, offers free emergency life support courses throughout our community. Keep and eye on our website and social media accounts for upcoming courses near you.

9Sep 2016

Villagers get to the heart of first aid

Villagers met at Pant Memorial Hall on Tuesday 6th September to take part in an Emergency Life Saving Skills course.

Run by the MedAid Services Community Initiative,  this free course was organised to provide local people with basic first aid skills which can be used to increase survival rates in an emergency situation.

Speaking at the event, Aden Walker from the MedAid Services Community Initiative said:

Basic skills in CPR and first aid is especially important in rural areas as an ambulance or other help could be many minutes away. That’s why we offer this community training.

During the course, participants learnt about emergency life support including dealing with unconscious and conscious casualties and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) which is designed to increase the chances of survival for an unconscious patient. CPR is a combination of techniques, including chest compressions, designed to pump the heart to get blood circulating and deliver oxygen to the brain until definitive treatment can stimulate the heart to start working again. This can increase the chance of survival as, as soon as someone stops breathing, their body stops getting the oxygen it needs to keep organs alive.

Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests

Approximately 80% of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCAs) occur at home and 20% in public places. Only about 20% of these are in a ‘shockable rhythm’ (i.e. treatable by a defibrillator) by the time an ambulance arrives. Survival is much more likely when a shockable rhythm is present. The proportion of people in a shockable rhythm could be increased if more cardiac arrest victims received immediate and effective CPR from bystanders.

Therefore more immediate 999 calls and immediate effective CPR given by bystanders could increase the number of people who are given a chance of surviving.

Currently CPR is attempted in only 20% to 30% of cases following an out of hospital cardiac arrest. However, evidence suggests that where CPR is attempted, survival rates could be doubled.

Participants on the course also learnt about the role of publicly available defibrillators. These automated devices are used to shock a heart and bring it back into rhythm and are increasingly found in secure locations such as shops, village halls and sports facilities.

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council are looking to site two of these devices within the Parish as a benefit to the community and visitors to it. Fundraising to provide the money for their purchase and installation has already started and more information will be available soon.

If you would like to help MedAid Services Community Initiative offer more training sessions to the community, why not consider donating to them at http://www.mascommunityinitiative.org.uk/donate.

Source: http://pant.today/villagers-get-to-the-heart-of-first-aid/

6Sep 2016

First Aid Training Could Prevent 60% Of Deaths From Injury


Half of people surveyed said they would not attempt first aid if they stumbled across an accident or injured person.

Nearly six out of every 10 deaths from injury could be prevented if the British public knew even the most basic first aid, new research has revealed.

A study by the University of Manchester found that 93% of people would call 999 if they stumbled across an accident or an injured person.

But first aid intervention was more infrequent – with around half of people saying they would not attempt any while waiting for emergency services to arrive.

Joe Mulligan from the British Red Cross, which commissioned the research, said: “The good news is that most people are calling 999.

But after calling 999 we want people to then do something in those crucial minutes before the ambulance arrives, every person needs to recognise that in an emergency, you are part of the ‘chain of survival’.

Sadly in the majority of deaths we looked at, the simplest intervention could have helped keep someone alive until they got to hospital.

For example something as simple as turning someone on their side and tilting their head back to keep their airway open – could be all it takes to make that difference between life and death in certain situations.”

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has called for more opportunities for people to learn first aid, starting in school, but also through the driving test and public health initiatives.

It said: “Opening the airway by turning the unconscious person on their side and reducing blood loss by pushing hard on the site of the bleeding can buy precious minutes until help arrives.

These two simple actions are the very same that a trained doctor or paramedic would perform. Minutes really count – so these actions save lives.”

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/call-for-first-aid-training-to-prevent-deaths-from-injury-10566748